Jump to content

A new owl - Surf's Up!


robinjojo
 Share

Recommended Posts

  • Benefactor

This is an owl that came out of an auction last month.  

Pharaonic Kingdom of Egypt, uncertain pharaoh(s) AR Tetradrachm. Late 5th-mid 4th centuries BC. Imitating Athens. Helmeted head of Athena to right, with frontal eye / Owl standing to right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ before; all within incuse square. Van Alfen pl. 11; Van Alfen, Mechanisms, Group III.A.1, Fig. 3 = Buttrey Type X. 16.91g, 25mm, 9h.

1936273844_D-CameraAthenspharaonicowllate5th-mid4thcenBCButtreyTypeX16.91gRoma974246-17-22.jpg.ab5b6180b62c0d98ad84e284677479b2.jpg

 

This type of pharaonic owl has an owl on the reverse with very exaggerated feet, so with feet so long as these, why not take to the waves near Santa Cruz.

 1725192283_Surfingowl6-17-22.jpg.fc64c91ebc3130fe9c3296826e5d12d7.jpg

 

And some surfin' music - Have a great summer!  Hit that groove in Santa Cruz!

 

  • Like 16
  • Smile 1
  • Yes 1
  • Laugh 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Benefactor

Very nice! I have my own Pharaonic Tet that just arrived. I'll photograph it this weekend. Mine is a Buttrey Type M, though it was mistakingly sold as a Buttrey Type B earlier. My understanding is these are just slightly different designs, and we have no idea on their order or minting location.

While reading about it, one paper felt that these weren't minted directly by the Pharaohs, based on the fact that there are known coins from Nektanebo II and Ataxerxes III, Sabakes, and Mazakes all inscribed theirs. Instead, he felt they were minted by smaller outfits in the Nile delta.

Personally, I don't believe that. The mintage of these coins is vast and the level of craftsmanship is high. There are plenty of examples of kings issuing both inscribed and uninscribed coinage (such as Andragoras). I do think there are examples of cruder coins (I believe you have one) that may have been minted on the Nile delta.

I'm a bit surprised that these coins are going at a fraction of the corresponding Athens tets. The history of these is IMHO more interesting.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Benefactor

I think the relative obscurity of this type of imitative owl limits the number of collectors who are more at home collecting owls with firmer roots. 

Over the years I have collected many imitations, coins that are not Athenian in origin due to style and weight, primarily, but that's just about as far as it goes with them.  Unfortunately hoard information is hard to come by, since these coins are found and dispersed pretty quickly.  However, this situation does not preclude the uncovering and documenting of future hoards that may shed more light on these coins.  Until that happens, they remain objects of conjecture and speculation for the most part.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Benefactor

Received my coins yesterday and photographed them today. Here's my pharaonic tet, along with a drachm from Gaza.

678A0237-Edit.jpg.bf6d39d05f47c0568930c5c0c21e6974.jpg

EGYPT, Pharaonic Kingdom. Uncertain pharaoh(s)
Late 5th–mid 4th centuries BCE
AR Tetradrachm 24mm, 17.03 g, 8h
Imitating Athens. Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square. Van Alfen, Mechanisms, Group III.A.1, Fig. 2 = Buttrey Type M.
Ex NGC encapsulation 5872733-112, graded XF, Strike: 5/5, Surface: 3/5.
Ex Ponterio 1985
Ex Robert W. Bartlett Bequest Sold for the Benefit of the American Numismatic Society
Ex CNG

 

678A0226.jpg.78d376bc590ffc010912075b34f11e64.jpg

PHILISTIA (PALESTINE), Gaza
Circa 353-333 BCE
AR Drachm 14mm, 3.94 g, 12h
Imitating Athens pi-style coinage. Helmeted head of Athena right, with profile eye and pi-style palmette, Aramaic M horizonally on cheek (only traces visible) / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left.
Gitler & Tal V.25D; HGC 10, 542
Ex CNG
  • Like 9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Benefactor

Nice coins! 

The centering on the tetradrachm is especially nice.  I can just make out the Aramaic M on the drachm - neat coin!

This is a leftover Pharaonic owl that I purchased post auction from Roma a couple of months ago, also a Buttrey Type M  .

Pharaonic Kingdom of Egypt, uncertain pharaoh(s) AR Tetradrachm. Late 5th-mid 4th centuries BC. Imitating Athens. Helmeted head of Athena to right, with frontal eye / Owl standing to right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ before; all within incuse square. Van Alfen pl. 9; Van Alfen, Mechanisms, Group III.A.1, fig. 1 = Buttrey Type M. 17.19g, 24mm, 8h.

213102598_D-CameraPharaonicARTetradrachm.Late5th-mid4thcensButtreyTypeM17.19gRoma953536-18-22.jpg.a9ad882f8c3681363c442f1508fd0eb0.jpg

  • Like 9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

NewStyle not the quotidian, banal mass common owl ( to quote Andrew Meadows  now of Oxford University) . I had never heard the word quotidian before and had to look it up! Peter Thomann, another expert called the Grapes example of NewStyle "frankly a mess"  He seemed not to like the prosopographical  opportunities & possibilities of that NewStyle!

NSK= John 

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Benefactor

Yes, I suppose the mass standardized owls are banal, when compared to other owls, and especially when they're compared to the emissions of Syracuse.  The standardized classical owls reflect the times in which they were produced, and if I had to choose between one of those owls and a Morgan dollar - no brainer!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...